Daily Prompts: The Heat is On

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Do you thrive under pressure or crumble at the thought of it?Does your best stuff surface as the deadline approaches or you need to iterate,day after day to achieve something you’re proud of? Tell us how you work best.

I do not have a specific pattern doing my work. Sometimes I work best under pressure such as deadlines, I feel scared of them, not being able to meet them, is my worst fear. It depends on the type of deadlines.

Once I was applying for a scholarship, there was a specific deadline or else my application would be rejected. I knew my application had to go through the Principal of the school where I was working, I knew he will slow down the process so my application reaches late and I’d be disqualified. I got in touch with the secretary who was handling the applications, I asked her if it was possible to send my application to meet the deadline, so if the school delays it, I’d still be considered . She told me it was perfectly all right that I am allowed  to send it. I sent my application and I was glad I took that route. My Principal was not in favor. He told me,”Why are you applying for this, we will send you after two years?”

I knew it wouldn’t happen, I believe in the phrase,”A bird in hand is worth two in the bush.”

I’m glad I did what I thought was the right thing to do. I am always glad I thought of sending my application earlier.I was awarded the scholarship which I wanted so badly. Sometimes it needs a bit of creativity to handle deadlines!

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DP Daily Prompt: Make It Anywhere

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“If I can make it there, I’ll make it anywhere,” goes the famous song about New York City. Is there a place — a city, a school, a company — which you think (or thought) the same? Tell us why, and if you ever tried to prove that claim.

I did not exactly think, “If I can make it there, I can make it anywhere,” after completing my education I was confident, I’d get a job teaching anywhere in Dhaka city. I thought that due to the fact I had the required qualification.

I had proved that time and time again, I was right. I applied in several schools each time I was selected for the job.It was in Bangladesh.

When I moved to Canada to join my husband, it was no longer true. There were various reasons why my thought was no longer valid such as: I was an immigrant, I was a complete stranger and I was not a Caucasian also I was over-qualified. The last one confused me the most, the word over-qualified brought me down to reality. Are they telling me somehow I’m not eligible to teach because I have too many degrees, can this be a determining factor?

Where I come from they are ready to offer you a job if you are highly qualified, they don’t even call you for an interview. How can it be so different here?

I smiled and told the principal, “it is not a bad thing to be educated or is it?”

He smiled and said nothing.

I did get a job after a few months, but the initial reaction of these people confused me!

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